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pleurodynia

[ploo r-uh-din-ee-uh] /ˌplʊər əˈdɪn i ə/
noun, Pathology
1.
pain in the chest or side.
2.
Also called epidemic pleurodynia, devil's grip. an epidemic disease caused by a coxsackievirus, characterized by sudden chest pain, mild fever, and recurrence on the third day of these symptoms.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Neo-Latin; see pleur-, -odynia
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British Dictionary definitions for pleurodynia

pleurodynia

/ˌplʊərəʊˈdaɪnɪə/
noun
1.
pain in the muscles between the ribs
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from pleuro- + Greek -odynia, from odynē pain
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pleurodynia in Medicine

pleurodynia pleu·ro·dyn·i·a (plur'ə-dĭn'ē-ə)
n.

  1. Pleuritic pain in the chest.

  2. Paroxysmal pain and soreness of the muscles between the ribs, usually due to muscular rheumatism. Also called pleuralgia.

  3. Epidemic pleurodynia.

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Encyclopedia Article for pleurodynia

devil's grip

viral (coxsackie B) epidemic disease with an incubation period of two to four days, marked by a brief fever, severe chest and lower back pain aggravated by deep breathing and movement, and a tendency to recur at intervals of a few days. The disease is usually self-limiting, terminating in complete recovery. Pain and fever can be relieved in part by aspirin or ibuprofen.

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